St. Simons Island's Calendar
of Events for May, 2017

Today is Monday, May 29, 2017

Featured Calendar Events

Georgia Sea Turtle Center! The Center is open to the general public and offers an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion with a number of view-able sea turtle patients. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles. We are the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia. $7 for adults (13+ years). $6 for Seniors (65+ years). $5 for children (4-12 years). FREE for children 3 and under. $6 for Active Duty Military Personnel, College Students and Teachers (ID required). Prices include tax. Visitors under 16 years old must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. In accordance with State Health Department regulations, all swimsuits must be covered. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Mondays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. During the months of December, January, and February, we are closed on Mondays. We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We are open on Thanksgiving Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 214 Stable Rd. (912) 635-4444 or

Coastal Georgia Historical Society Museums, Galleries, Exhibits, Lighthouse tower and Maritime Center Watch tower are open Mon., thru Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Last climb is at 4:30 p.m. The Maritime Museum closes from 12 noon-1 p.m. Mon.,-Sat. $12 for Adults, $5 for Ages 6-11. No admission charge for CGHS members and children under 6. (912) 638-4666 or

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Museum, trails, guided tour of plantation house. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $5 youth. 5556 US HWY 17N, Brunswick, GA 31525. (912) 264-7333 for more information.

Visual Art Classes for all Ages! Ranging from drawing to pottery to painting to photography, led by a variety of artists. Price and time varies. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or

Art Classes. All ages and levels. Various times and prices. 1413 Newcastle St. (912) 262-0628 or

Art Classes. Oils, acrylics, pottery. Weekly. 404 Northway, Darien. (912) 437-7711 or

Explore the beach from the edge of the dunes to the low tide. Learn about sea shells, critters living above and below the sand, pull a small seine net through the shallows and see who swims just below the surface! Step into the salt marsh, get to know the fiddler crabs, periwinkle snails, & native plants along with their incredible adaptations for survival. The marsh is easily accessible by way of the hard packed high marsh zone. Georgia Beach Walk Nature Tours for times and reservations (912) 266-2473.

Tours of Ashantilly Center! Schedule tour appointments or meetings on available times. Donations accepted for renovation. Ashantilly Center, Hwy. 99, Darien. (912) 437-4473 or (912) 230-6962 or

Multi-Media Self-Guided Tour! Extensive archive of photos, oral histories, diaries, home-movie footage of Jekyll Island Club history. Includes walking guide map, interactive multi-media device. $8 rental. Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jekyll Island Museum, Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Old Village Blvd. (912) 635-4036 or

Passport to the Century guided tram tour of 240-acre historic district, includes entry into two cottages. Adults $16, Children 6-12, $7, Free under 6. Daily. Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Old Village Blvd. (912) 635-4036 or

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:
Nature Walks! Wildlife and nature guides explain Jekyll Island’s fascinating beach, marshes, dunes and maritime forest during year-round tours. Tidelands Nature Center, 100 Riverview Dr. (912) 635-5032 or

Latin and Ballroom Group Dance Classes! Swing, salsa, cha-cha, waltz, rumba, foxtrot and more. Times and locations vary. Golden Isles Dancers, (912) 634-8219 or or

Tuesdays & Fridays:
Brunswick Farmer’s Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, 1530 Newcastle St. 8 a.m.-dark. (912) 262-6665 or

Third Wednesdays:
Eco-Lecture Series! Join Village Creek Landing for an informative Eco Lecture Series! Each month they will have a new guest speaker discussing environmentally focused topics specifically geared to preserving Georgia’s Coast. Space is limited, so RSVP at or (912) 399-0063.

Seaside Dance Association, Dance Instruction/Practice Social and ballroom dance. Beginners 7 p.m. Advanced 8:15 p.m. $5 members, $8 non-members. St. Simons Elementary School cafeteria, 805 Ocean Blvd. For more information, (912) 634-9527.

First Friday:
Visit the shops, galleries, restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick; art openings, live music, food and beverage pairing samples. 5-8 p.m. (912) 265-4032 or

Kids Pottery Classes, 10-11:30 a.m. Drop-in class $18. 6 Classes for members $95. 6 Classes for non-members $105. Clay $13 for 12 lbs. For more information, Glynn Art, 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or visit

Second Sundays:
This popular family-friendly music event takes place at Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island. 1-7 p.m. Each month, the proceeds from Second Sunday benefit a variety of select local charitable organizations. Hundreds of music fans, families, friends–locals and visitors alike–who converge on the park armed with lawn chairs, blankets and coolers, enjoy listening to the live music. Raffle tickets are sold for door prizes contributed by area businesses. Kids can play in the inflatable bounce house and slides. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled community event!

May 1-31:
The Neptune Park Fun Zone is the place to putt, plunge and play on St. Simons Island. The whole family will enjoy an 18-hole miniature golf course. Open year round, the golf course offers fun for groups of any size ($7 per round, discounts available for large groups). Cool off this summer at the Neptune Park Fun Zone pool ($7/day, open during spring & summer seasons). There is something for everyone, including a wading pool and water gym for the kids, lap lanes, and zero-entry access. All areas are constantly monitored by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards. Since a day at the pool works up an appetite, enjoy refreshments from our on-site concession stand while lounging poolside under an umbrella. Kids will love our state-of-the-art playground with swings, slides and much more. There are benches alongside for parents to watch the fun. There is no admission fee for the playground. 550 Beachview Dr. (912) 279-2836 or Neptune Park Fun Zone.

May 1-31:
Summer Waves Water Park located on Jekyll Island, 210 South Riverview Dr., with 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the whole family! Nine exciting attractions including six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area. The rides and attractions at Summer Waves are super cool! Plan your fun filled day with relaxing laps around Turtle Creek, riding the waves of the Frantic Atlantic, or high speed thrills down Pirate’s Passage. Anything you choose to do will be a splashtacular good time! (912) 635-2074 or Summer Waves Water Park.

May 2-5:
Coffee with Michele Moore as she discusses her book, “The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston.” Michele has served as a fellow in the English Department at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. She was a 2006 finalist for the Bellwether Prize for Literature. Her creative nonfiction has been broadcast on Georgia Public Radio and published in the Louisville Review, Habersham Review, ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), Groundwater, and O, Georgia. She has also won awards and grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. She visits to talk about her novel The Cigar Family, the story of two entwined families, both devoutly Catholic, in the storied port city of Charleston, South Carolina, during the world wars. Unless noted, all programs are in room 108 of the St. Simons Casino, 550 Beachview Dr., St. Simons Island. Programs are free for Guild members and $10.00 for nonmembers.

May 5-6:
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation! Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. On select weekend nights this spring, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site will be offering Ghosts and Legends walking tours of the site. We will walk beneath centuries old Live Oak trees, explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a lantern tour of the plantation house. As we stroll through Hofwyl-Broadfield’s moss laden trees hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here, in both slavery and freedom. There will be tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. 6:30 p.m. Call (912) 264-7333 for reservations or more information, also you may visit Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 US Highway 17N Brunswick, GA 31525. Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.

May 6:
Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Association presents Turtle Island Quartet! A LOVE SUPREME – The Music of John Coltrane. In exploring John Coltrane’s musical legacy, the GRAMMY® winning Turtle Island Quartet continues its own tradition of employing the string quartet form to shed new light on the timeless joy and beauty contained in the greatest music of the American jazz masters. Live performances at the Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Ritz Theatre Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (912) 262-6934 or

May 6:
A Little Light Music Concert Series, featuring The Tams. The Tams have been entertaining audiences for over 50 years, with hits like “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy.” Held on the oceanfront lawns of the St. Simons Lighthouse, 610 Beachview Dr., A Little Light Music is a unique experience where concert-goers are encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs or blanket. Concerts begins at 7 p.m. Individual event tickets: $12 perperson at the gate or in advance at the Museum Store. Children under 12 are free. (912) 634-7099 or

May 12-14:
14th Annual Turtle Crawl Triathlon and Nest Fest! The event takes place along Beachfront Park near the Jekyll Island Convention Center. After swimming, biking, and running along Jekyll Island’s scenic beaches, roadways, and paved bike paths, there will be crafts and educational activities, provided by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The Turtle Crawl and Nest Fest is for turtle enthusiasts of all ages! Events culminate with the release of a rehabilitated sea turtle from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center! Events benefit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, 214 Stable Rd. Nest Fest activities and sea turtle release are FREE to the public. Help us continue our mission of conservation through sea turtle rehabilitation, research, and education! (912) 635-3636 or

May 13:
Southern Grown Farmers Market! Support southern vendors at the Southern Grown Farmers Market. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy live music, fresh produce, samples, and southern products at this family-friendly event. This event is open to the public and held at The Market at Sea Island, 351 Sea Island Rd., St. Simons Island. Southern Grown Food, Drink and Music Festival is held annually at Sea Island and celebrates all things southern. For more information, please visit

May 13:
79th Annual Blessing of the Fleet! This one day celebration is one of the best Coastal Georgia has to offer with fresh seafood, local culture, boating, water sports, the shrimping industry, arts, crafts and variety of leisure activities. The festival will feature fun and games for the kids, fabulous food, music, great family entertainment, and variety of artists and displays. Children’s fishing tournament at 10 a.m. Shrimp boat tours at 1 p.m. Blessing of the Fleet at 2 p.m. All events are free! (912) 265-4032 or

May 13 & 14:
Mother’s Day Weekend Art Show at Postell Park Pier Village, St. Simons Island, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both on Saturday and Sunday.

Showcasing all of your favorite local and regional artists
Anne Taylor Duease – Jewelry and accessories
Sandi’s Eye Candy – Jewelry
Donna’s Essentials – Handcrafted soaps and lotions
Wildlife Personalities – Photography
Caroline Sandlin Jewelry – Handcrafted Jewlery
Mini-Pictures – Picture Jewelry
Paul Riley – Folk Art
Keen Jewelry – Handcrafted Sterling Silver Jewelry
Simply Savory – Packaged Seasonings
SerezDesign – Fine handcrafted zinc jewelry
M.K. Wellington Art – Mix Media and Photography
Pinata Publishing – Books by Pamela Bauer Mueller
Copper Tree Pottery – Pottery
Gnome and Garden – Clay garden art
KDSM Designs – Handcrafted Jewelry
C & B Creations – Handpainted home decor
Shore Dog – Cool Duds for Dogs
Charles Leonard Studio – Watercolors
Tyre’s Greenhouse and Florist – Green plants
ECO Jewelry – Jewelry made from Tagua seed
Deborah Gleichmann – Mixed Media
Letz Face It – Face Painting
Bandana Bags by Jacqui – purses, keychains, necklaces
The Artizan Way – Air plants and handbound journals
Mango Beat – Wood speakers
Wings Open Photography – Fine art photography
Deedy’s Creations – Sewn fabric products, custom made corn hole game
Angie Rae Jensen – Collage Art
Brenda Banach – Glass totems, light fixtures, other repurposed glass items
Freaky Fronds – Acrylic paint on palm fronds
Carol Brown – Repurposed furniture
Chris Glennon – Watercolors
Morris Johnson – Folk Art
The Mustard Seed – Aprons, Frames, Children’s Clothing
Tammy Rudd – Jewelry
Fire Raine Studios – Jewelry by Nancy Bruns
Stan Bruns illustrations
Artwork by Bruce – Painting
Coastal Castings – Leaf Castings
Nick D’Agostine – Fire pits
Lavieve Boutique – Handcrafted french lavender
Kay’s Kreations – Jewelry

Food: Old Florida Farms – Jams & jellies, salsa, etc.
Bar None Concessions – Bratwurst, hot dogs, etc.
Flamin’ Fanny’s – Sauce, Salsas, Rubs, Gift Baskets​

For more information: (912) 230-1042 or

May 13:
Coffee with Robert Coram. Robert Coram is the author of over 20 books as well as a journalist who has been nominated twice for a Pulitzer prize, Robert will talk about his latest book, “Gully Dirt: On Exposing the Klan, Raising a Hog, and Escaping the South,” a memoir about growing up in Edison, Georgia. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Unless noted, all programs are in room 108 of the St. Simons Casino, 550 Beachview Dr., St. Simons Island. Programs are free for Guild members and $10.00 for nonmembers.

May 20:
1st Annual The Salvation Army Celebration in the Park! Family Fun All Day with a 5 & 10K run, free food, vendors, ants & crafts and live entertainment in Downtown Saint Mary’s Waterfront Park, 200 Osborne St. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Click here for more info.

May 20:
2nd Annual Golden Isles Prep Rally! Fun, Exciting, Informative Exhibits & Demonstrations from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Be there when the Coast Guard helicopter and response boat swoop in to perform demo rescues on the water! It is also in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week. Mary Ross Waterfront Park, Brunswick, GA.

May 20:
“Telling our stories: African American Life & Culture on St. Simons Island” is a program of digital stories focused on the history of African American cemeteries on the Island. These stories are based on interviews conducted by Mercer University students in collaboration wit the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition. Guest speakers are Dr. Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era and Co- Director, Center for Virtual History, UGA and Dr. Christopher Lawton, Executive Director or Georgia Virtual History. 1-4 p.m. at Glynn Visual Arts Center, 106 Island Dr., St. Simons Island. For more information go to or (912) 638-8770.

May 21-22:
Woodturners Weekend Workshop with master woodturner, Mark Sillay hosted by Glynn Visual Arts. Learn the basic concepts of woodturning, including lathe and tool safety, basic project design, tool selection, and techniques for cutting and shaping both end grain and side grain. Basic tools provided include: roughing gouge, spindle gouge, bowl gouge, skew, parting tool, and scraper. Explore how the tools cut wood and then use these techniques to create projects including a small bowl. More experienced turners may produce more complicated projects. If you have a mini-lathe or other tools, please bring them. If you have wood that you want to bring, please do, but turning blanks will be provided. Price includes all materials. Each day runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feel free to bring a lunch and picnic outside. Register by May 13th at or call (912) 638-8770. Cost is $300 for members or $325 for non-members. Join us for some fellowship & fun at our free & open demo for the community as we watch master woodturner, Mark Sillay, Saturday evening, May 21st from 6-7 p.m.

May 25-27:
Springtime By The Sea, Senior Adult Vacation Bible School will hold “The Word Made Fresh” at Epworth By The Sea Christian Conference and Retreat Center. Senior saints and sages are invited to revisit the old, old story in very new and fun ways through music and storytelling of one of the United Methodism’s most popular speakers, Ed Kilbourne. Kilbourne is nationally known for his gifts of combining music and teaching in worship and concert settings. He combines acoustic guitar and singing with a storytelling style often compared to that of Garrison Keillor, the radio humorist from ‘Lake Wobegon’. Ed began his performing career playing in folk groups while in high school and college. With over 9000 solo appearances over the last 50 years, he has performed in every region of the United States and has recorded 24 albums.

May 26-27:
Hello Sunshine Festival! The inaugural Hello Summer Festival on Memorial Day weekend will be a daylong celebration of summer with arts, crafts, and food vendors at the St. Mary’s Waterfront Park. There will be a After Schools Out for Summer’s air guitar contest, the Georgia Radio Museum Birthday Party and more. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the day. Friday – 7 p.m. concert by renowned Eagles Tribute Band, “On the Border.” Vendors Friday 3-10pm and Saturday 9am-5pm. Downtown St. Mary’s. For more information contact the St Mary’s Welcome Center (912) 882-4000 or

May 28:
The Farmer’s Market at Sea Island! A variety of fresh produce, artisan products, vendors, live music and food samples and takeaways. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The parking lot of the Market at Sea Island, on the Sea Island Causeway at Frederica Road. (912) 634-3994

May 28:
Sounds by the Sea featuring The Phil Morrison-Ken Trimmins Jazz Collective! Sounds by the Sea is presented by Golden Isles Arts and Humanities. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic supper and a lawn chair or blanket to relax on. $10/adults; $5/students 6 to 12 and under 6 is free. Tickets available at the gate. 7-9 p.m. Neptune Park St. Simons Pier Village. (912) 262-6934 or

May 28-29:
St. Simons Island Antique Show! Antique dealers from all over the southeast, featuring a vast array of fine and fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware, etc. Located under the oaks, on the grounds of the beautiful revitalized Postell Park, on Beachview Drive off Mallery Street, St. Simons Island. In the historic Pier Village area. Close to restaurants, hotels, shopping, and beautiful St. Simons Island Beaches. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free Admission and parking! (912) 267-7822 or

May 29:
The Rotary Club of St. Simons Island invites everyone to join them in observing Memorial Day at the Annual Taps at Twilight, at 6:30 p.m. at the Neptune Park Bandstand, 110 Mallery St. Taps at Twilight has been a St. Simons Island Memorial Day tradition since 1991, honoring the men and women who have fallen in the service of our country, those who valiantly served and returned and those who are serving today. Experience the pageantry of flags, patriotic music, posting and retiring of the colors. Lt. General Claude M. Kicklighter, USA Retired, will deliver the Memorial Day address. The Golden Isles Community Band will perform. Admission is free as the Rotary’s gift to the community. You need only bring your chair.


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Every Day Is Reason to “Shell-e-brate” at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island!

Every Day Is Reason to “Shell-e-brate” at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island!

Through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will increase awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promote responsibility for ecosystem health and empower individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment.

History of the St. Simons Lighthouse

History of the St. Simons Lighthouse

The First Lighthouse (1810) On October 17, 1804, John Couper, a plantation owner on St. Simons Island, deeded four acres of his land, known as “Couper’s Point,” at the south end of the island for one dollar to the Federal government for the construction of a lighthouse. James Gould of Massachusetts was hired in 1807 […]


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